Traffic laws

The aftermath of Hurricane Irene made clear that Marylanders have no clue what to do when traffic lights are out, and no wonder: There is, incredibly, no law on the subject. The best solution would be to require motorists to slow down and be prepared to yield when approaching an intersection where a signal is not functioning. In some cases, that would translate to an all-way stop, but not always. Motorists would be expected to exercise caution but not be forced to treat all intersections as exactly the same.

The aftermath of Hurricane Irene made clear that Marylanders have no clue what to do when traffic lights are out, and no wonder: There is, incredibly, no law on the subject. The best solution would be to require motorists to slow down and be prepared to yield when approaching an intersection where a signal is not functioning. In some cases, that would translate to an all-way stop, but not always. Motorists would be expected to exercise caution but not be forced to treat all intersections as exactly the same.

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